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Told from alternating viewpoints, Carbone's latest novel reads more like a rock-climbing manual than a romance. P. K. and Critter are troubled teens who meet at a climbing gym. P. K.'s parents are sending her to boarding school, and Critter has just escaped from a psychiatric hospital. The two decide to run away to Nevada where they establish a new climbing route and P. K. nearly kills herself on an ambitious climb and Yosemite as they try to evade the authorities and P. K.'s dad. Although Carbone struggles with characterization, Critter's life philosophies and quirky ability to see people's auras make him the more interesting of the pair. Readers never even learn what P. K. stands for. The alternating chapters are short, making this novel a quick read despite clocking in at almost 300 pages. There's plenty of technical terminology to satisfy rock-climbing readers, though others may overlook it to root for P. K. and Critter to be together.--Garnick, Kimberly Copyright 2010 Booklist
Jump. That is what P.K. has done. A totally wild, crazy jump from a restrictive life with her family into a life of total adventure--rock-climbing out west with a guy she barely knows. At first, everything's amazing. Not only are they climbing in awesomely beautiful national parks like Yosemite but they seem awesomely made for one another. P.K. is in heaven. And then the cops show up . . . with an arrest warrant. And P.K. has to decide who to believe: this amazing guy whom she trusts with her life--or the cops, who want her to believe that he may take her life.
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